Take a Breather
Spring Admit students begin their Franklin & Marshall college careers in the spring semester, which begins in late January. It is the perfect program for the independent student who wants to take a breather between high school and college, but who also sees that time as an opportunity to pursue a meaningful intellectual, civic or social experience before enrolling at F&M.
Each year, up to 48 students enroll at F&M via Spring Admit.
Students treat the fall semester as a gap term, volunteering, working or studying abroad. Our dedicated advisers are here to help you find an endeavor or program that matches your interests.
Read on for a list of the fall gap programs our students have participated in.
Students who select a for-credit program arrive on campus in January with a full semester of course work and will be on track to graduate with their cohort class.
Foundation for International Education
Institute for American Universities
Thinking Beyond Borders
Gap semester in Ecuador
St. Andrews University
Scotland Freshman semester abroad
Students who select the following programs are often able to make up credit and graduate with their cohort by taking summer classes and/or engaging in internships for credit.
The School for Field Studies
Environmental study-abroad program
Travel program focusing on community service, life skills, language and adventure
Language immersion program during which student lives with a family abroad
Spanish language, cultural immersion and volunteer work with animals in Costa Rica
Oxford Program for Advanced Studies
Academic work in Oxford, England
Cross Cultural Solutions
Volunteer work abroad
National Outdoor Leadership School